"30 Minute Boyfriend" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
I think you're pretty
I think you know that
You got a boyfriend
You just forgot that's all
For five minutes that's all
He's my best friend that's all

Divide and conquer
Train him to be greedy
Why would the person, with the advantage fight fair?

Will you become what other people think of you?
I hope you don't feel lonely when you're spending time with me, your friend

Wish you were here with me
Wish I was there with you
I'm reaching feeling for you
I wanna feel and love with you again and again

We wait for each other
But we are not lovers
I picked a good time to leave
I think it made you mad

You're talking about
You're talking about what I'm saying
Now

Wish you were here with me
Wish I was there with you
If you wanna talk, I think we should
But me and words don't work so good

Will you become what other people think of you?
I hope you're not too lonely when I'm spending time with my old friend

Oh, oh, yeah, okay
Subtle indications dribble away which you don't care about
Yeah, okay, go


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"30 Minute Boyfriend" as written by Julian Casablancas

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  • +1
    General CommentI get it completely different..

    I think you're pretty
    I think you know it
    You got a boyfriend
    You just forgot him that's all
    For five minutes that's all
    You're my best friend that's all

    I interpret this song as being two friends, a male and female, who've always been pretty close, but never really "had" anything, just friends. She has a boyfriend (who later on gets dumped). Suddenly the two main characters starts fooling around, but it's not important, 'cause it's not serious or anything, just good friends and then maybe they were in lust or something. No romantic feelings, no need to tell the boyfriend, as she "just forgot him", and they're best friends.

    (yes I skipped the second part, I think it's something about the boyfriend)

    Will you become what other people think of you?
    I hope you don't feel lonely when you're spending time with me your friend

    The guy is feeling like he owns the girl, although he doesn't say it out loud. She's having fun with her other friends, she's maybe acting a little different in comparison to her act around him, and he doesn't like the change. He's also doubting whether she's happier with him or her other friends, and he hopes she doesn't feel like he's "holding her down" or anything. See, the guy knows, that he's really important to her. And although he wants it that way (keep in mind, this is not at all on a romantic plan. Just as friends), he's also concerned about her feelings and if she maybe feels inadequit next to him or the other friends. (I'm so sorry if this is gibberish... explanation later on)

    Wish you were here with me
    Wish I was there with you
    I'm reaching feeling for you
    I wanna be up with you again and again

    Sometimes he misses her.. maybe a little in a romantic way, but it's just temporary. But he misses her, just her presence.

    "We wait for each other, but we are not lovers"...
    Their mutual friends starts sensing something. They deny.

    I picked a good time to leave, I think it made you mad
    You're talking about
    You're talking about what I'm saying
    Now

    The girl starts acting strange, as if she's falling in love with him. She starts yelling at him sometimes for no apparent reason, and even though he won't stop talking to her, since they're so close, he don't know how to handle it. They keep getting in fights where he says something, she tells her he's wrong, and the she repeats the same thing. That kind off never-ending-discussions.

    I hope you're not too lonely when I'm spending time with my old friend

    She gets mad when he starts seeing other people, even though she's not in love with him. They're both jealous, but not in love with each other.

    Subtle indications dribble away which you don't care about
    Don't know.. maybe he tried starting something serious, but she didn't get it or ignored it, so nothing happened.

    Yeah, see, I went through this exact thing not long ago.. and maybe I'm wrong, but I just felt this song was so spot on. Spot. On.

    And my apoligizes for bad spelling.
    I love Julian!




    amaliaon December 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs the title clearly implies, '30 minute boyfriend' is a beautiful song about about a deep infatuation with a recent acquaintance.

    -I think you're pretty
    -I think you know it
    -You got a boyfriend
    -You just forgot him that's all
    -For five minutes that's all
    -You're my best friend that's all

    The first stanza describes the magic that happens when two people meet; the instant realization of mutual attraction. i.e. the sparks. (...la chispa). It also talks about the fact that the girl has a boyfriend, and how this new found attraction casually trumps that fact.

    -Divide and conquer
    -Train him to be greedy
    -Why would the person put the advantage by fair?

    this part describes how we've stumbled upon a astute lady, a worthy adversary.

    -Will you become what other people think of you?
    -I hope you don't feel lonely when you're spending time with me your friend

    Here we wonder if this encounter will turn into a relationship, and if she'll feel guilty if anything happens between us two.

    -Wish you were here with me
    -Wish I was there with you
    -I'm reaching feeling for you
    -I wanna be up with you again and again

    here we describe our heartfelt passion for this girl. this foreshadows our upcoming tragedy.

    -We wait for each other
    -But we are not lovers
    -I picked a good time to leave
    -I think it made you mad

    In this stanza, we meet up with this girl, and in a timely fashion ask her to leave to uh, consolidate the 'relationship'. To our surprise, she says no.

    -You're talking about
    -You're talking about what I'm saying
    -Now

    She makes a fuss about it.

    -Wish you were here with me
    -Wish I was there with you
    -If you wanna talk I think we should
    -But me and where don't work so good

    We realize that even though we like this girl, we wont get anything from her. We try to work it out, but we are pragmatic and demand a straight answer pronto.

    -Will you become what other people think of you?
    -I hope you're not too lonely when I'm spending time with my old friend

    She likes us, but for some reason decides not to go any further. we can still get another girl, but deep down we want her. (we've failed to 'get jake laid')

    "Will you become what other people think of you?" deals with moral issues; Where before in a previous stanza she was a potential cheater, she is a now a flirt.

    -Oh oh
    -Yeah
    -Okay
    -Subtle indications dribble away which you don't care about
    -Yeah
    -Okay
    -Go

    This part is powerful emotional progression: shock, denial, realization, more pain, acceptance (okay go) This is the part that makes you cry your eyes out.

    -

    I think this song is musical master piece. Not only are the lyrics pure poetry, but the music is rich with emotions and feelings. 10/10

    -T.

    MichelleRubioon January 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's more about love, than deceit or confusion.

    Best friends fall in love, but she already has a boyfriend and she loves her boyfriend as-well.

    He wonders if she misses her boyfriend when she is with him. They want to be together but it isn't that easy.

    Ultimately they decide it's too painful to be around each other if they aren't together.
    daniELLEyon January 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI've been researching and listening to these lyrics and I believe this is the most accurate version thus far: (by the way this is my favorite song ever, its amazing art)


    I think you're pretty
    I think you know that
    You got a boyfriend
    You just forgot that's all
    For five minutes that's all
    HE'S my best friend that's all

    Divide and conquer
    Train him to be greedy
    Why would the person with the advantage fight fair?

    Will you become what other people think of you?
    I hope you don't feel lonely when you're spending time with me your friend

    Wish you were here with me
    Wish I was there with you
    I'm reaching feeling for you
    I wanna FEEL IN LOVE with you again and again

    We wait for each other
    But we are not lovers
    I picked a good time to leave
    I think it made you mad

    You're talking about
    You're talking about what I'm saying
    Now

    Wish you were here with me
    Wish I was there with you
    If you wanna talk I think we should
    But me and WORDS don't GO so good

    Will you become what other people think of you?
    I hope you're not too lonely when I'm spending time with my old friend

    Oh oh
    Yeah
    Okay
    SHALLOW IMPLICATIONS TELL THE WAY WHICH YOU DON'T CARE
    Yeah
    Okay
    Go
    RoboHQon January 16, 2011   Link
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    General Commentmy god, this song is SEXY. amazing. i would almost say i'd love to hear this on phrazes, but it's a little too dancey to fit in with the album's vibe. the beat and the dark feel is there, but i don't know. not a phrazes track.

    in the beginning of the song, it sounds like he's just fooling around with this girl, but as time goes on it gets a bit more serious and he gets very obsessed.

    i'd like to hear jules sing this song about me. ;)
    ShotgunXXWeddingon November 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, this song is soooo sexy, makes me wanna dance :)

    at first jules sounds cold, uninterested and totally unimpressed with the girl's beauty. just stating the fact that she's pretty but then it's like he can't hide his feelings for her. he knows that he can't be with her and there's nothing he can do about it.
    crybbyon November 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's actually:
    "why would the person with the advantage play fair"
    that makes more sense to me and it's what i hear, anyways.
    amazing song, and yeah so, so sexy. :) i saw him play last night, it was the best show ever.
    misstellon April 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry i just listened to is again, i think it's "why would the person with the advantage fight fair"
    :)
    misstellon April 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about a girl who has a boyfriend who she likes, but not really, and she cheats on him with julian, her best friend. then they don't know what to do with themselves afterwards. he wants to be with her, but he doesn't think she does so he leaves her alone, but she gets upset about it and their just trying to decipher each others feeling for each other
    pianton February 03, 2013   Link

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